At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue.
There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed. – Acts 14:1
Whenever you have the opportunity to preach, teach, speak or share your story, it is imperative that your words are effective. That is, it causes change or activates the first step of change.
I often teach people to prepare to receive. We don’t know when the opportunity will come to speak or use one’s story to transform someone’s life. We must be ready in and out of season.
You won’t be pleasantly received by everybody; nonetheless, at Iconium, Paul and Barnabas “preached with such power that many—both Jews and Gentiles—believed” (Acts 14:1 TLB). The Lord gave them power to do great miracles to back up their message.
To go to a place as usual knowing that you will be challenged or face those who don’t believe, you must be ready to speak up, talk sense, be bold and operate with power.
Step out and do what God has ordained you to do. Let your words be effective. You won’t embark on the journey alone. He is with you always. Because God has sent you; He will give you power to complete the assignment.